Toenail fungus is a disease that is easy to get and is difficult to cure once it infects the nail. For that reason, many manage the symptoms or hide their nails once they are infected.
The infection process:
Fungus is a microscopic organism that grows in wet, closed environment.
The spores are everywhere, but they will stick on the nail when they become in contact with it.
The perfect environment for the fungal colony to grow is wet feet or hands.
The fungus would eat the nail tissue and the hide under the skin under the nail.
Over the infection process, and if not cured, the nail will be slowly lifted up and the debris will be created under the nail.
As the nail grows, this process will continue to repeat until the nail becomes very thick.
How to protect your nails from fungus?
Don’t wear the same socks and shoes every day.
Try to keep your feet dry for most of the time.
Avoid wearing tight shoes.
Wear open shoes that would allow the feet to breathe.
If you suspect that you have nail fungus, allow your doctor to take a culture and diagnose the disease. It is better to consult with a doctor as soon as possible.